September ShelfLoveCrate: Space Explorers

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I signed up the September ShelfLoveCrate because of its theme, Space Explorers. I had an inkling of what the book was going to be, and I've been looking forward to it, so I thought, "why not?" I got the one-time crate, which was $29.99 excluding shipping. ShelfLoveCrate also offers a no-book box option, so you get all the bookish goodies without the book. Let's see what was included!

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Groot Magnetic Bookmark, BeeDooTo, $3.50

Well, it's no secret that I love my magnetic bookmarks! This Groot bookmark is pretty cute. I wish it were... more "chibi," I guess? It looks like a mix between Baby and Teenage Groot. (I prefer Baby Groot! Smug teenagers, boo.)

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Pin, Bookmarkd Tattoos, est $9

The pretty enamel pin reads "I Spaceship It." It's really cute, with shiny metallic colors. It's too bad that I don't really wear pins. This reminds me that I really need to find a way to display all of these pins I'm accumulating.

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Eyeglasses Pouch, Miss Phi, est $4

The design is very pretty, even though I've never heard this quote before (I don't read or watch The 100). I'm not sure if I'd actually use it as an eyeglasses pouch though, as I'm pretty content with my hard cases. I'm sure I can find some use for the pouch.

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Space Trip Socks, Many Mornings, $9.99

This is by far my favorite item in the box. I love that each sock is a different pattern. They're going to look so whimsical!

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Postcard Print, The Nocturnal Fey, est $3

This is gorgeous! I'm going to hang it up right away. It's got this zany galactic princess vibe to it.

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Putty, est $1

I opened this up, played around with it for about two minutes, and then threw it out. Sorry, not sorry. It smelled a bit plasticky, like it was sitting in its little ball for too long. The colors are fun, I guess. But it's not for me, and I certainly don't want my dog getting ahold of it by accident.

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Nyxia, Scott Reintgen, $12.02

The book featured in the September ShelfLoveCrate was Nyxia, by Scott Reintgen. Here is the Goodreads description:

Emmett Atwater isn’t just leaving Detroit; he’s leaving Earth. Why the Babel Corporation recruited him is a mystery, but the number of zeroes on their contract has him boarding their lightship and hoping to return to Earth with enough money to take care of his family.

Forever.

Before long, Emmett discovers that he is one of ten recruits, all of whom have troubled pasts and are a long way from home. Now each recruit must earn the right to travel down to the planet of Eden—a planet that Babel has kept hidden—where they will mine a substance called Nyxia that has quietly become the most valuable material in the universe.

But Babel’s ship is full of secrets. And Emmett will face the ultimate choice: win the fortune at any cost, or find a way to fight that won’t forever compromise what it means to be human.

Box Value: $42.51

I Paid: $29.99 excluding shipping

Verdict: To be honest, I was pretty let down. I've heard great things about ShelfLoveCrate, but was extremely disappointed by the September box. The fact that I actually threw an item out speaks volumes, I think. Sure the value added up all right because of the socks and the hardcover book, but the items overall were not satisfying or very practical.

Next month's ShelfLoveCrate theme is "Enchanted Journeys." I unfortunately will not be getting that box, and it is sold out as of right now.

Read on,

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